The Presidential Election of 2012 Results of the Michigan ad Arizona - History

The Presidential Election of 2012 Results of the Michigan ad Arizona - History

The Arizona and Michigan Primaries were held on Febraury 28th, both were won by Mitt Romney. The win was tempered by the fact that Michigan was Romney's home state and had originally been expteced to win easily. His slim victory


Michigan completes most comprehensive post-election audit in state history: What it showed

Crowds gathered outside of the TCF Center as worried Republicans sounded the horn for backup to come to Detroit, while equally concerned Democrats did the same. Detroit Free Press

Almost four months after the November presidential election, Michigan has completed its most comprehensive series of post-election audits in the state's history, confirming the results, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced Tuesday.

The audits examined the ballots cast in the general election, the machines that tabulated those ballots and the election procedures used.

"It is time for leaders across the political spectrum to tell their constituents the truth, that our election was the most secure in history, and the results accurately reflect the will of Michigan’s voters," Benson said.

Former President Donald Trump and his allies spent months spreading misinformation about Michigan’s election process and outcome. Polls consistently show a majority of Republican voters don't trust the outcome of the presidential election.

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson speaks to the media Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. (Photo: Mandi Wright, Detroit Free Press)

President Joe Biden won Michigan by over 154,000 votes. But soon after Michigan's clerks completed counting a record number of ballots in the middle of a global pandemic, "their work was immediately attacked by the lies, meritless conspiracy theories and uninformed observations of the former president and his supporters," Benson said.

She said she hopes the completion of the audits can convince those who doubt the outcome of the election, and she commended the hard work of the state Bureau of Elections and more than 1,300 clerks for conducting over 250 audits across the state.

In mid-December, Democratic and Republican clerks conducted a "zero-margin risk-limiting audit" which entailed a hand recount of the ballots cast in the presidential election in Antrim County. The conservative county was at the heart of a conspiracy theory that falsely asserted that the county’s Dominion Voting Systems tabulators switched votes for Trump to Biden — Trump won Antrim in the final tally. The audit affirmed the county’s certified election results, and confirmed that an earlier counting error in the unofficial results showing Biden winning were the result of human error and had nothing to do with the tabulating machines.

Michigan election officials also undertook a statewide “risk-limiting audit” of the presidential election in which more than 18,000 randomly selected ballots from more than 1,300 jurisdictions were reviewed by clerks to confirm the accuracy of the results of the presidential election. The total number of ballots collected fell 78 ballots short of what was needed for a complete sample, which Benson attributed to timing issues as well as the newness of the audit.

State lawmakers from both parties say election reform is a top priority this year. Benson has issued her own set of sweeping election reform proposals to lawmakers, including giving clerks more time to process absentee ballots before Election Day.

Instead of heeding clerks' pleas and the advice of national experts, the Legislature approved a one-time exception to allow clerks in some jurisdictions to begin processing ballots the day before the Nov. 3 election. This amount of time was insufficient to process the huge numbers of absentee ballots submitted because many voters opted not to cast their ballot in person because of the pandemic. The sheer numbers of absentees and the extra time it took to count them, provided an opportunity for misinformation about the election process and outcome to spread, Benson said.

Benson said she hopes lawmakers will consider changing the law to give clerks more time to canvass the ballots before election results are certified. This could have helped reconcile imbalances between the number of ballots cast and the ballot counts found in some jurisdictions.

An audit of the counting boards that counted absentee ballots cast by Detroit's voters found that 83% of the counting boards were balanced, up from 27% in the county canvass, Benson said. The net number of ballots that were out of balance was 17, she said. More than 174,000 absentee ballots were cast by the city's voters.

Based on this finding, Benson called on lawmakers to amend the state's election law to make precincts and counting boards found to be out of balance without an explanation eligible for a recount. "Michigan is one of the only states in the country with such a strict regulation," she said.

Among her election reform proposals, Benson also has recommended requiring a statewide risk-limiting audit of the election results before they are certified. Lawsuits filed by Trump allies requesting audits preceding certification were rejected in court.

The conclusion of the audits should eradicate "any rationale for continuing to question the integrity of the election and the validity of the outcome," Benson said. "Now it’s up to every leader to acknowledge that truth."

And as Michigan's lawmakers consider making changes to the state's election process, Benson called on leaders "not to build policies off of lies," as state lawmakers across the country have pushed changes to election laws that restrict voting access in response to baseless claims of a stolen election.


The 19 greatest and worst presidential campaign ads of the 2020 election

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No one really knows for sure if campaign ads work, but there's no denying their venerated spot in American politics. From the oft-imitated Ronald Reagan "Morning In America" ad from 1984 to Lyndon B. Johnson's terrifying "Daisy Girl" ad from 1964 — which involves the suggested nuking of a toddler — presidential ads can run the gamut from inspiring to trollish, from tear-jerkers to grotesquely manipulative.

In 2020, the presidential candidates alone are expected to spend a combined $2.75 billion or more on TV ads by Nov. 3, though most of that will be by Democratic candidate Joe Biden, who has "maintained a nearly 2-to-1 advantage on the airwaves for months," The New York Times reports. Cash-strapped Trump, notably, has spent the past several weeks retreating from the up-for-grabs states of Ohio, Iowa, and New Hampshire.

But one thing is for sure: this has been a long election season, full of both uplifting messages of hope and good old-fashioned mud-slinging. Here is the good, the bad, and the goofy of the 2020 presidential ads, ranked.

19. "Inspired by Actual Events" for President Trump

I have the alarming suspicion that watching this ad is like watching the video in The Ring, and that something terrible will happen after being exposed to it.

Designed to look like a horror movie trailer, the video was part of a massive Trump campaign blitz on YouTube this summer, and includes deceptively-edited footage of Biden that attempts to promote the president's narrative that his opponent is in cognitive decline. It's also … needlessly terrifying? The ad clearly functions as more of a wink to Trump's core supporters than something that might change anybody's vote, but has the side effect of giving anyone who stumbles onto it horrible nightmares. Final score: F

18. "Joe Biden is Bernie Sanders' Trojan Horse" for President Trump

This badly-photoshopped ad references the 2004 Brad Pitt film Troy, a movie that is definitely still relevant and thought about.

Like "Inspired By Actual Events," this is a troll move, intended to entertain Trump's base. But "the thing about trolling, and the thing about being kind of successful in it, is you actually have to troll somebody about something that's a vulnerability,'" explained former White House rapid response director Tanya Somanader in Crooked Media's "Campaign Experts React to Good and Bad 2020 Ads" series. "This is trying to land the message that somehow Joe Biden is bringing all these leftists with him," she went on, adding: "People don't believe this about Joe Biden." Final score: F

17. "Everybody Let's Vote" for Joe Biden

Why do I feel like this ad is trying to sell me Old Navy jeans? The music comes from Kosine, the co-producer of Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" of all things, but the whole execution here is way too "how do you do, fellow kids?" to successfully pull off making voting for Joe Biden sound "cool."

One of the most important parts of creating a successful political ad is not setting off your viewers' bulls--t detectors that is, to make ads feel authentic and personable. Unfortunately, young voters have some of the best-functioning bulls--t detectors out there when it comes to pandering, and this ad sure triggers the alarm bells. Final score: D-

16. "The Blind Pig" for Joe Biden

This new Biden ad running during football today about saving music venues is absolutely perfect. We MUST save our stages, restaurants, and bars. pic.twitter.com/wHb8bVog5m

— Rex Chapman (@RexChapman) October 18, 2020

Speaking of trying to come across as cool, Biden's "Blind Pig" ad almost manages it. The ad, which aired nationally on CBS during the NFL game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns, uses music by the Breeders, the Pixies, and — for the first time ever in a political ad — the Beastie Boys. It also features Joe Malcoun, the co-owner of the historic Blind Pig club in Ann Arbor, Michigan, who says Trump's response to the COVID-19 crisis forced the venue to close its doors. "My only hope for my family and for this business and my community is that Joe Biden wins this election," he says.

The ad has faced pushback from some conservatives, who point out that it's the state's Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer, who is responsible for the continued shutdown of bars, not Trump, who has pushed to reopen the country. That doesn't invalidate the message in the ad — if Trump had been successful in getting on top of the crisis in the first place, or had more robustly helped small businesses, none of this would be happening — but that doesn't get finessed out in such a way as to prevent the criticism.

The Biden campaign ultimately pulled the ad from YouTube, with Biden spokesperson Bill Russo telling Variety that Malcoun was "doxxed, harassed, and threatened after the Trump campaign has sought to smear a community leader who dared to speak out against Trump's failed response to the COVID crisis." Final score: D-

15. "Meet Joe Biden's Supporters" for President Trump

Somehow the second Trump ad on this list to end with evil laughter, "Meet Joe Biden's Supporters" attempts to tie Biden — who is not currently president! — to the unrest across the nation over the summer. "Ads that depict chaos and violence that you were too weak to stop is a very strange strategy," former Barack Obama Communications director Dan Pfeiffer explained to Crooked Media.

The ad notably ends with a shot of Biden kneeling in front of Black leaders during a visit to the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Wilmington, Delaware, shortly after the murder of George Floyd. "Asked whether the ad meant to suggest there was something unsafe about Black churches or meeting with Black leaders in a church, Trump campaign deputy national press secretary Samantha Zager replied, 'That's absurd and it's shameful to even make the allegation,'" Religion News Service reported, going on to quote a Twitter user who argued that it sure still seems from this ad "is based on a single idea: Fear Black people." Final score: D-

14. "Joe Biden Gets Vetted" for Joe Biden

Is pandering to the dads a thing? If so, "Joe Biden Gets Vetted" does the job. The ad features Biden showing off his 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray — get it, to "vette" himself? Yeah, we're well into dad territory now.

Aside from Biden geeking out over his car, the ad functions to push a surprising environmental message, with Biden explaining, "I believe we can own the 21st-century market again by moving to electric vehicles." He also mentions (leaks?) that he's been told that GM is making an all-electric Corvette "that can go 200 mph." If that's true, it isn't public information yet: "I don't know who 'they' are who told him that, but we don't have any news about any new electric Corvette," a GM spokeswoman told The Detroit Free Press. Final score: D+

13. "Break In" for President Trump

This ad is technically titled "Break In," although I prefer the title "Let's Scare Grandma." The ad aired in swing-markets like Orlando, Tampa, and Cincinnati during shows like Judge Judy, Jeopardy!, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Bloomberg reports, and belongs to a part of an effort by the Trump campaign to suggest that Biden supposedly supports policies that will make seniors' 911 calls go unanswered (a similar ad, "911 Call," even preposterously suggests that the wait time would be "five days.")

Let's get a fact-check on that out of the way: "Biden has not proposed anything that could result in 911 calls no longer being answered," CNN writes. "He has repeatedly and explicitly opposed the idea of 'defunding the police,' and he has proposed a $300 million increase in federal funding for community policing."

Still, honesty and an effective ad are unfortunately not the same thing: A snap poll by YouGov concluded that "the advertisement slightly chipped away at Democrats' and Independents' positive opinion of Biden." Final score: C

12. "What Happened to Joe Biden" for President Trump

Timed to overlap with the Democratic National Convention, "What Happened to Joe Biden" was promoted in "prime internet real estate" on YouTube and Fox News, Axios reports, costing the campaign in the "high seven figures." The ad attempts to attack Biden's mental faculties, comparing clips of him from 2015 and 2016 to clips from 2020. Axios goes on to call it "the harshest president campaign attack in what is shaping up to be an even uglier messaging year than 2016."

The ad, like Trump's law-and-order campaigns, seems also to almost function like a smokescreen or redirection of criticisms aimed at the president. Over the summer, for example, Trump had to defend himself against rumors that he'd been hospitalized last year for "a series of mini-strokes," and his decision to brag about the results of his cognitive test drew mockery after Fox News anchor Chris Wallace pointed out that "it's not the hardest test. It shows a picture and it says, 'what's that,' and it's an elephant." Final score: C+

11. "Totally Negligent" for Joe Biden

We turn a corner on 2020 political ads here, with this spot about a Pennsylvania farmer who voted for Trump in 2016 and calls the decision now a "mistake." The New Yorker describes the tone as "elegiac," with "more sadness than anger," and it does indeed seem designed to gently coax other swing-state voters to Biden's side who might be feeling buyer's remorse.

The problem with this ad, though, is that it might be too soft. While everyone hates negative attack ads, the reason they're so prevalent is that they seem to work: "Negative information is more memorable than positive — just think how clearly you remember an insult," CNN points out. While that doesn't mean there can't be powerful positive ads (in fact, we're about to see several in the Top 10), this ad feels more like it's designed to give Trump voters permission to vote for Biden, which might not be quite the right approach in such a deeply divisive and emotional election. Final score: B-

10. "Carefully" for President Trump

This video is straight out of a parallel universe that I wish I was living in: by no stretch of the imagination is America "recovering" from the coronavirus right now. Still, it's a seductive vision of a nation on the up-and-up, and a rare Trump spot touting his (vague) plans for the country's recovery. The ad also uses footage of Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is incredibly popular with the public, saying, "I can't imagine that … anybody could be doing more."

To be clear, that's totally misleading — Fauci blasted the administration afterwards for taking his words "out of context" and said "I have never publicly endorsed nor do I now endorse any political candidates." But a large part of running for president is selling the nation on a vision, even if that vision has no grounding in any sort of reality. Final score: B-

9. "A Bull in a China Shop" for President Trump

New Trump campaign ad really leans into the president’s, um, unique style: “A bull in a China shop. President Trump's not always polite. Mr Nice Guy won't cut it. He does it his way, not the Washington way, but Donald Trump gets it done.” pic.twitter.com/gOE7jepQQI

— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) May 28, 2020

Credit where it's due, this ad is not false advertising! It leans into President Trump's reputation as a bully, and smartly sells his more abrasive qualities as being an asset for the country — rather than attempting what would surely only be a futile clean-up job of the president's personality otherwise. Some of the best Trump ads in 2016 did the same thing, boosting the then-candidate's unconventionality, and this feels very much in the same vein.

The ad also turns Trump into a common noun, which is unintentionally hilarious. Final score: B-

8. "Endorsed: Captain 'Sully' Sullenberger" for Joe Biden

Can you believe there were political ads before the coronavirus pandemic?

This spot was cut in February, prior to Biden becoming the presidential nominee, but at a time when the campaign was already squaring up against Trump — Miracle on the Hudson Captain "Sully" Sullenberger, in his endorsement of Biden, speaks with first-hand knowledge about how "experience" in one's field can be a matter of "life and death," in what is a clear dig at Trump's outsider appeal contrasted with Biden's long career in Washington.

The ad also followed a viral op-ed by Sully in January, which had slammed Trump's daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, for seemingly mocking Biden's stutter Sullenberger once stuttered too. "We all face challenges in life," he echoes in this ad, "but overcoming a significant challenge builds character, builds strength, and that plus empathy is a great combination to have in life."

Since that's basically the equivalent of being scolded by Tom Hanks, this ad is definitely effective. Final score: B

7. "Latinos Por Donald Trump" for Donald Trump

The Trump campaign has undoubtably the best #Latino outreach effort in history. Amazing new ad! La campaña de Trump tiene sin duda el mejor esfuerzo de contacto a latinos en la historia. ¡Excelente el nuevo anuncio! @EquipoTrump #LatinosForTrumppic.twitter.com/ju8K63JcMi

— Daniel Di Martino CONFIRM AMY TO SCOTUS (@DanielDiMartino) October 20, 2020

I can't stop watching this ad. It's strangely … catchy?

It also raises a lot of unanswered questions: Are we supposed to believe that Trump is salsa dancing? Is this song supposed to make us forget all the racist things he's said about Latinos? Is it actually satire?

Whatever the case, the ad gains points for getting "Latinos por Trump!" stuck on endless loop in my head. Final score: B+

6. "Four Hours" for Joe Biden

Even if you know the bare minimum about Biden, you still probably are aware of his heartbreaking familial losses — and his love of Amtrak. This ad leverages both as NBC News explains, "Biden and his campaign have long pointed to his sense of empathy following numerous tragic losses in his life as a way for the former vice president connects with voters suffering personal and economic losses due to the coronavirus pandemic."

Narrated by Westworld actor Jeffrey Wright, the ad succinctly tells a story about Biden's long commute from Delaware to D.C., concluding that "people in Washington didn't get why Joe Biden would travel all that way. But in neighborhoods all over this country, there's no distance parents won't go for their kids. When Joe Biden traveled those four hours, he wasn't just going home for his kids, he was going to work for them too, just like he will for yours." Hey, who's chopping onions? Final score: A-

5. "President Trump Got It Done" for Donald Trump

Another ad from the Before Times, "President Trump Got It Done" aired during the Super Bowl in February and featured Alice Johnson, a 63-year-old Black woman whose life sentence for a nonviolent drug conviction was commuted by Trump in June 2018 at the urging of Kim Kardashian West. "Thanks to President Trump, people like Alice are getting a second chance," the on-screen text reads, followed by footage of Johnson saying, "My heart is just bursting with gratitude. I want to thank President Donald John Trump."

The ad was reportedly an effort by Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to boost the president's numbers with Black voters, who overwhelmingly dislike the president. But while that might have been a bust in the long run, the ad could also have the potentially more meaningful effect "of reassuring white suburban women, a worrisome demographic for the campaign, that the president is not racist," The New York Times reports.

It appears, anyway, that it worked to some degree: the Times adds that "data indicated that online, the ad featuring Ms. Johnson was the most talked about one of the game, and that most of the chatter around it was positive." A YouGov snap poll likewise found that 74 percent of people viewed the ad positively, and that it boosted the president's favorability rating from 9 to 14 percent among Democrats, from 42 to 50 percent among Independents, and from 91 to 94 percent among Republicans. Final score: A

4. "You Can't Lead Them" for Joe Biden

Mr. President, if you don’t respect our troops, you can’t lead them. pic.twitter.com/hcX9hGgdm5

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 4, 2020

Now this is a devastating political ad. Coming one day after The Atlantic published a bombshell piece that cited anonymous sources who claimed Trump had called American soldiers "losers" and "suckers" for dying in the First World War, Biden's ad hits Trump over his long-documented pattern of disrespectful comments and actions pertaining to the military.

What's especially impressive about this video is that it mostly stands aside to let Trump do the talking. That apparently hit a nerve, too Trump's campaign even sent a cease-and-desist letter to Biden's campaign for allegedly being "False and Misleading" with the content.

"Biden's focus on Trump's support for troops comes at a moment when support for the sitting U.S. president among U.S. service members appears to be sharply declining," Defense One adds. "The latest Military Times poll … shows a steady drop in support for Trump since his election four years ago." Final score: A+

3. "The Best Is Yet to Come" for President Trump

While the phrase "the best is yet to come" has since been branded in voters' minds by Kimberly Guilfoyle screaming it at viewers of the Republican National Convention, Trump's "The Best Is Yet to Come" ad from July showcases his strength when he commits to positive messaging. The ad itself is fairly straightforward, using the president's Fourth of July speech over stock footage of America, but it tugs on patriotic heartstrings without the doom-and-gloom of Biden's messaging. "Centuries from now, our legacy will be the cities we built, the champions we forged, the good that we did, and the monuments we created," Trump proclaims. "America's destiny is in our sights. America's heroes are embedded in our hearts. America's future is in our hands, and ladies and gentlemen, the best is yet to come."

It feels like an ad from an actual leader, and puts forward a rare (for Trump) unifying and uplifting vision for the country. The ad also resonated with voters, boosting Trump 8 points among Independents, 5 points among Democrats, and 4 points among Republicans, YouGov found. Final score: A+

2. "Go From There" for Joe Biden

It feels almost like cheating to have Sam Elliott be the voice of your political ad. Biden's final appeal to Americans, "Go From There," premiered during the first game of the World Series, and uses a voice-over by Elliott as well as a piano rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" to deliver the message that "there is so much we can do if we choose to take on problems and not each other, and choose a president who brings out our best. Joe Biden doesn't need everyone in this country to always agree. Just to agree that we love this country."

Notably, writes The Week's Peter Weber, "not mentioned in the ad is the current president of the United States." The New York Times compared the spot to Bernie Sanders' 2016 ad "America," which made voters the happiest of any campaign spot in that election cycle, and called it "emblematic of Mr. Biden's core closing strategy — projecting an image of decency, reunification and optimism — as President Trump continues to go scorched earth on his political opponents, Republican dissenters, and the media." (Lest we forget "The Bidening" exists! Shudder).

The Biden campaign is reportedly spending $4 million to promote "Go From There" across four days of the World Series, AdAge reports, which feels like the right move. When you strike gold with Sam Elliott, you don't walk away. Final score: A+

1. "You'll Never See Me Again" for Joe Biden

If Trump's trolling mostly fell flat this election cycle, Joe Biden offered a masterclass with this 10 second ad that uses nothing but Trump's own words. The ad resonates because it speaks to the fact that the majority of Americans don't think Trump should tweet, and a mere 27 percent of voters are "proud" he's their leader. But it's also really, really funny — and sometimes, that's all a great ad requires. Final score: A+


2020 Michigan President Election Results

Statewide vote count progress totals represent an Associated Press estimate, no matter how or when the votes were cast. At the county level, where the results are typically shown by precincts, mail-in and early votes that make up a large portion of the total may be omitted.

Michigan emerged as a key battleground state in the 2016 election, when Donald Trump became the first Republican nominee to win there since George H.W. Bush in 1988, defeating Hillary Clinton by about two-tenths of 1% of the vote. This year, former Vice President Joe Biden has led in the Michigan polls all year, suggesting it, like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, two other former "blue wall" states Trump won previously, may be ready to flip back. Trump has continued to target the state in ads and visits, however.

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CandidateTotal Votes% Votes

Donald Trump's 73.6 Million Popular Votes Is Over 7 Million More Than Any Sitting President in History

President Donald Trump has so far received 73.6 million popular votes in the 2020 election, surpassing the previous record set by President Barack Obama by more than 7 million, giving him the most votes of any sitting president in U.S. history.

As of Thursday morning, Trump has received a total of 73,559,030 votes and counting, according to The New York Times.

That number has set the record for the most votes ever received by a sitting president, surpassing Obama's 65,915,795 popular votes in his 2012 incumbent victory against Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

Trump has received 47.2 percent of the popular vote, compared to President-elect Joe Biden's 51 percent. Recently, Biden broke his own record with 79 million votes and counting, giving him the most votes of any presidential candidate in history.

The 2020 election saw record-breaking voting-turnout numbers, as roughly two thirds of all eligible American voters cast their ballots. This election has already been determined to have had the highest voter turnout percentage in 120 years.

Last week, multiple news outlets called the race for Biden as he was projected to win the key swing states of Arizona, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia.

On November 13, Biden totaled 290 electoral votes after the race was called by some media outlets in Arizona, giving him 20 more electoral votes than needed to defeat Trump. Though Trump has trailed with 232 electoral votes, he has refused to concede the race.

Trump has maintained that the election was "stolen" from him by Democrats due to widespread voter fraud, despite a lack of evidence to back his claims.

The Trump campaign has filed lawsuits in states including Michigan, Georgia, Arizona, and Pennsylvania, but has gained little to no success in court. Among those states, two cases have been dismissed, one has been denied, and threee more have been dropped by his legal team.

On Wednesday, Trump claimed that Michigan could not certify its election results due to fraud, just hours after the state became one of the latest to do so.

"The Great State of Michigan, with votes being far greater than the number of people who voted, cannot certify the election," the president tweeted, adding, "The Democrats cheated big time, and got caught."

A day later, the Trump campaign dropped a lawsuit in the state, falsely claiming that the election results were not certified.

The president has repeatedly used Twitter to falsely claim victory in some states and spread unsubstantiated information about election fraud. In response, the social media platform has flagged more than 90 election-related tweets posted on Trump's account as "misleading" between Election Day and Wednesday morning.

Election officials from every state, excluding Texas, have publicly confirmed that there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud.

Trump's refusal to concede has sowed division within the Republican Party, as some GOP officials have denounced the president's statements, while others have supported his claims.

But as Biden's January inauguration date gets closer, Americans are beginning to fear how Trump's refusal to transition power could affect the country.

A new study conducted by Monmouth University found that 61 percent of Americans said Trump delaying the transition process to Biden poses a threat to national security.

On November 12, over 100 former military and national security officials signed a letter to the General Services Administration, with a similar sentiment, saying that Trump's denial of access to a smooth transition could put the country at risk.

On Wednesday, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell attempted to ease such concerns by stating that America will "have an orderly transfer from this administration to the next one."

"All of it will happen right on time, and we will swear in the next administration on January 20," he said.

Newsweek reached out to Trump's team for additional comment, but did not hear back in time for publication.


2012 Michigan Republican Primary

Front-runners Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are in a virtual tie with the former Massachusetts governor up by just two points as the Michigan Republican Primary race comes down to the wire.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary Voters in Michigan, taken Sunday night, finds Romney with 38% support to Santorum’s 36%. Texas Congressman Ron Paul and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich remain far behind with 11% and 10% of the vote respectively. One percent (1%) likes another candidate in the race, and five percent (5%) remains undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

This Michigan survey of 750 Likely Republican Primary Voters was conducted on February 26, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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2012 Arizona Republican Primary

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has widened his lead over leading challenger Rick Santorum in the Arizona Republican Primary race with the vote just four days away.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Arizona Republican Primary Voters finds Romney leading Santorum 42% to 29%. The survey, taken after the last scheduled debate of the GOP candidates, finds Romney up three points and Santorum down two from a week ago when it was a 39% to 31% race.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich earns 16% support, and Texas Congressman Ron Paul trails with eight percent (8%), marking virtually no change for either man from the previous survey. Only one percent (1%) favors another candidate in the race, and three percent (3%) remain undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

This Arizona survey of 750 Likely Republican Primary Voters was conducted on February 23, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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Poor Cyber Ninjas Might Not Get To Find All The Michigan Frauds After All :(

Donald Trump has been so excited lately, clinging desperately to hopes for retroactive victories that will never materialize.

This weekend, on his Tumblr LiveJournal thingie, he SCREAMING ALL CAPS ANNOUNCED that the "entire Database of Maricopa County in Arizona has been DELETED!" (Yes, he capitalized "database.") He explained that this is "illegal" and "unbelievable Election crime." He added that "Many Radical Left Democrats and weak Republicans are very worried about the fact that this has been exposed. The DELETION of an entire Database and critical Election files of Maricopa County is unprecedented. Many other States to follow." (Again, all the weird capital letters are his.)

And oh man, the jizz we imagine had to be cleaned off the ugly marble floor at whatever trash palace he was typing from.

Of course, the clownfuck Arizona frauditors have now admitted that the database was not deleted, as they had earlier stupidly alleged. As the Mercury News puts it, "They now admit they were looking for the information the wrong way."

That was one of the allegations brought forth by moron Arizona Senate President Karen Fann last week, who GRRR-ARGH-ED at the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, saying "the main database for all election related data" was just GONE, and PLEASE EXPLAIN. And the Board of Supervisors, which is 80 percent Republican, did explain, in a letter you must read, that Arizona Senate Republicans and their Cyber Ninjas frauditors are just absolute breathtaking idiots.

In Trump's statement above, he says, "Many other States to follow," because he's been pretty certain the Cyber Ninjas bugfuckstravaganza will go on the road as soon as they find TEH FRAUDS in Arizona. Trump really hoped they were going to Michigan, specifically.

A Michigan judge has just dispensed with that nonsense. The MASSIVE AND DETERMINATIVE MAJOR CASE has been thrown out, and there will be no new audit. Womp womp.

And the Cyber Ninjas really thought they were going to get to go to Michigan to find the frauds! Sadface emoji.

Thirteenth Circuit Court Judge Kevin Elsenheimer ruled that the lawsuit filed by Michigan resident Bill Bailey lacks the legal grounds to move forward due to a statewide post-election audit that finished up in March, according to Cadillac-based CBS affiliate WWTV.

"There is no right, either in the constitutional section, or in the statute, for the independent audit that Mr. Bailey seeks as a petitioner under article 2 section 4," the court noted. "The plaintiff does not get to choose his own audit criteria, rather the legislature is given that authority. So while a citizen may seek to audit the results of the statewide election, it must do so according to the law. That law provides for performance of the audit by the Secretary of State. There is no other relief available to the plaintiff on this point."

"The plaintiff does not get to choose his own audit criteria." Presumably he can't personally inspect the ballots for bamboo either.

This was one of the lawsuits that sought to "prove" that Dominion Voting Systems had changed votes from Trump to Biden. There had been a glitch in reporting in Antrim County, but the Detroit Free Press notes it was just a human fuckup that had zilch to do with Dominion, and it was fixed all the way back on the day after the election. (Trump won it with 61 percent of the vote.) The Free Press also notes that this was seemingly the only DOMINION ELECTION FRAUDS!1!1!1 lawsuit that hadn't yet been drop-kicked out of a US courtroom. And now it has.

But don't say the fight is over! Because, because, because Cyber Ninjas!

Cyber Ninjas provided analysis to support the fraud allegations leveled in the Antrim County lawsuit and the firm's CEO has promoted election fraud claims, the Arizona Republic reported.

[Matthew DePerno, attorney for the idiot Antrim County plaintiff] said Monday that he already has a team of experts lined up who are ready to conduct an audit in Michigan but did not specifically name Cyber Ninjas.

Sounds like it's time to send that particular MENSA chapter home.

Michigan officials reacted:

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a defendant in the lawsuit, praised the ruling.

"The dismissal of the last of the lawsuits attempting to undermine democracy in furtherance of the Big Lie affirms that despite intense scrutiny, and an unprecedented misinformation campaign, the 2020 election was fair and secure, and the results accurately reflect the will of the voters," she said in a statement.

Attorney General Dana Nessel said the ruling "should be the nail in the coffin for any remaining conspiracy theories surrounding the outcome of the Nov. 3 general election."

Will this be the end of the bullshit Big Lie? Hahahahahahahahahaha, of course not. But it may help speed along the end of at least one part of it, when you combine this with how poorly Arizona is going.

In summary and in conclusion, Donald Trump is having a bad day for a number of reasons today. Hooray!

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Looking at the Election Ad Spend: 2012 Presidential Campaign Wrap-Up

Now that the 2012 election is behind us, it’s time to shed a little light on the amount of spending that took place in this year’s race to the White House. According to an article published in the November 12 issue of Advertising Age, media raked in record dollars during the 2012 election season, but unless Congress passes major reforms, the political-ad ceiling is nowhere in sight.

In terms of overall spending, it is estimated that some $6 billion was spend on the 2012 election across all media according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Kantar Media also estimates that $1.1 billion was spend on local TV in 12 states, plus another $200 million for local cable. These amounts do seem staggering, but in a time when ad dollars relate to votes, every second of airtime was expected to have a significant influence over the election results.

Several reports have come out about how this year’s presidential election broke records in terms of political-ad spend, with preliminary estimates at just over $953 million spend on presidential ads on broadcast TV alone. The smashes the forecast of $700 million presented by the National Journal back in June. The actual spend breakdown reveals that presidential TV ads cost Republicans around $479 million while the Democratic Party spent just around $396 million.

According the Jack Poor, VP of strategic planning at TVB, a trade organization representing TV-station groups and local outlets, “I don’t think 10 years ago anyone would have dreamed [candidates] would be focusing on Iowa and New Hampshire as election makers and not be putting Pennsylvania, Michigan, Missouri and Minnesota into play.”

Not only was the total cost of the election record breaking, the rate at which spending had accelerated in the closing weeks of the election was like no other in history. In particular, outside groups were spending like crazy for and against the two main presidential candidates. Spending had grown from $19 million per week in early September to $33 million per week in early October to $70 million during the week beginning October 21.

Based on information found on the website OpenSecrets.org, spending in Congressional races was projected to increase slightly in 2012. House and Senate candidates combined is projected spend about $1.82 billion, up from $1.81 in 2010. House campaign spending alone will total nearly $1.1 billion, a slight increase of 3 percent more over 2010. In the Senate, spending by candidates will approach $743 million, which is down about 7 percent compared to 2010.”

One factor that may never really be accounted for in regards to campaign spending is how much money some secretive organizations spent on ads. There exists a political underbelly of non-profit organizations that many believe still contribute funds toward “non-political” activities, that may indeed still be used to further the aspirations of political candidates.

“In addition to the spending reported by nonprofits, however, at least $100-200 million more has been spent by these groups on what is referred to as “issue advocacy” that identifies a federal candidate, but they were not required to report these activities to the FEC,” said Viveca Novak from the Center for Responsive Politics. “This is of concern because a number of these organizations — particularly those that have organized since the Citizens United ruling, are spending huge sums and have super PAC counterparts — are primarily political in nature.”

More alarming than the secret spending (some of which can be pieced together based on studies of political ads and will eventually be summarized in tax reports to the Internal Revenue Service), is the secret source of this money. Because there are no federal requirements to disclose the origin and flow of this form of campaign money, Novak posits, voters in 2012 have been left with no real means to judge the credibility of the message or consider any hidden agendas leading those donors to give.


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